Republic dominated its first wrestling dual of the season, and its first under new head coach Eric Nolan, whipping Waynesville on the road Tuesday, 48-9. The Tigers won all but two matches .
(Full photo gallery will be posted Wednesday.)
Phillip George (113), Cameron Allen (138), and Chase Hicks (160) each pinned their opponents. Six others – Quentin Bailey (126), Brennan Coleman (145), Tanner Gonzales (152), Maddox Wilkens (170), Issac Collyott (182), and Elijah Hathcock (285) – won by decision.
Nolan, in his first dual at the helm in Republic, said he’s been coaching long enough that he wasn’t especially nervous before the wrestling began.
“I’ve been doing this for a while and I just was really ready to get going with it and see what we can do,” he said. What he saw from the Tigers in their first outing left him impressed.
“I thought we showed a lot of toughness. I told them that no matter the outcome, I expected them to fight throughout their match and show a lot of determination, win or lose,” he said. “I want the people that we face to not like wrestling us, because we’re not an easy out. (With) that being said, I couldn’t be much happier with our effort.
“We’ve got a lot of stuff to clean up and improve on, but I feel like it’s a great start to our season.”
Republic is back in action Saturday at the Bolivar Duals Tournament.
113 Phillip George (Republic) over Isac Quiroz (Waynesville) (Fall 0:00)
120 William Austin (Waynesville) over Unknown (For.)
126 Quentin Bailey (Republic) over Luke Cassidy (Waynesville) (Dec 10-4)
132 Aiden Smith (Waynesville) over Jacob Simpson (Republic) (Dec 9-4)
138 Cameron Allen (Republic) over Breyden Dylina-Syyan (Waynesville) (Fall 0:00)
145 Brennan Coleman (Republic) over Issiah Smith (Waynesville) (Dec 9-3)
152 Tanner Gonzales (Republic) over Blaise Moynihan (Waynesville) (Dec 10-4)
160 Chase Hicks (Republic) over Gunner LeGrande (Waynesville) (Fall 0:00)
170 Maddox Wilkens (Republic) over Aiden Stearns (Waynesville) (Dec 7-6)
182 Isaac Collyott (Republic) over Dillon Smith (Waynesville) (Dec 6-3)
195 Caden White (Republic) over Unknown (For.)
220 Jonathan Frost (Republic) over Unknown (For.)
285 Elijah Hathcock (Republic) over Justin Sheppard (Waynesville) (Dec 4-1)